PCC / News / October 2018 /
Helping the hungry in honor of National Student Day
Photos and Story by Sarah Rose Evans |
National Student Day has been traditionally celebrated on the second Thursday of October, but at Portland Community College, its campus-based bookstores will celebrate the day with a week-long food drive instead.
Set to take place Oct. 15-19, the food drive will benefit the college’s “Panther Pantries” and will offer contests, games with prizes and music for those on the campuses to enjoy throughout the week. Open at all four PCC campuses, Panther Pantries help students struggling with food insecurity. Many students experience hunger while juggling the demands of pursuing their education.
Throughout the week, non-perishable food can be dropped off at campus bookstores, and Panther Pantries will get donations to needy students. The most desired foods include peanut and almond butter, rice, tuna, beans (both canned and dried), pasta, whole grain cereal, shelf-stable milk, cooking oil, and canned tomatoes. Homemade or non-commercial canned items cannot be accepted, nor can anything opened or used.
In addition to food items, new, unopened personal hygiene products also are welcomed. This includes:
There is also need for supplies for new parents: